Joba Chamberlain strikes out two in first rehab appearance

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Joba Chamberlain saw his first game action today since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last season, throwing one inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Chamberlain, who’s also coming back from a gruesome ankle injury suffered while jumping on a trampoline in March, struck out two batters and allowed an unearned run on 23 total pitches.

According to New York Newsday his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s, which if true is awfully encouraging for his first appearance.

It’s tough to predict when Chamberlain could be ready to rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen because rarely is a player rehabbing two major injuries at the same time, but the 30-day clock on his minor-league stint is now officially ticking.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”